Bosnia-Herzegovina: Mostar Police Academy Achieves Accreditation Through ICITAP Assistance

January 16, 2020

On January 16, on the premises of the Mostar Police Academy (Agency for Education and Professional Training-Mostar or AEPTM), Academy leadership was presented with its official accreditation from the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). Successful accreditation was the result of a nearly year-long effort in which the Academy, with the support of ICITAP, underwent a rigorous assessment of their standards and training.  The AEPTM is only the second police educational institution in the Balkans to receiving this accreditation, which was awarded after the Academy proved itself to be adhering to the highest international standards for police standards and training. In giving his acceptance speech, Mostar Police Academy Director pointed out that this acknowledgment means that his institution’s efforts and activities have been recognized, but also obliges them to accelerate AEPTM performance in the future. The Academy Director was especially pleased about the IADLEST accreditation report acknowledged the Academy’s operations as meeting IADLEST standards, and in some topics exceeding those standards by incorporation of international best practices for police training. The Director of State/INL’s Office in BiH highlighted in his remarks the close partnership with the Mostar Police Academy as part of the commitment of the Department of State through the United States Embassy in supporting effective law enforcement and the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). In BiH, ICITAP works with the support of and in coordination with the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

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